Category Archives: Open Source

Lifting the Lid on Open Source Hardware

Clive Thompson describes how an Italian group applied open source principles to hardware for the Arduino microcontroller circuit board, a device that can monitor and respond to sensors, control small motors and the like.  Over 50,000 units have been sold worldwide since mass production began. This is NOT open source software that runs inside of… Continue Reading

Using an API versus Open Source

Many businesses don’t consider the benefits of an Application Programming Interface (API) to generate attention for their software or web services, gain backing of other companies and even lower their own customer support costs.  I often raise this approach with clients since I advised Intuit on setting up its Intuit Developer Network program a few… Continue Reading

Marketer Bitten by Creative Commons License?

Marketing guru Seth Godin, author of The Bootstrapper’s Bible: How to Start and Build a Business With a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money and many others about marketing and blogging, published an ebook titled Everyone’s an Expert (About Something): The Search for Meaning Online. The title page of the ebook says that "Copyright holder is licensing this… Continue Reading

Open source compliance provider Black Duck receives additional financing

Black Duck Software, a provider of open source compliance software, has just closed a new round of financing, according to TheDeal.com.  Black Duck’s products are used to locate open source code used in a company’s software. Douglas Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck, said in the article, "We have crossed the point at which… Continue Reading